The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced on May 19 that it has taken on the management of the Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Association (OPEAA). OPEAA represents member companies which produce quality, upgrade or replacement parts and accessories for outdoor power equipment.
While still maintaining separate identities, OPEI will manage membership-related activity pertaining to OPEAA annual meetings, board meetings, trade shows and communications. In addition, OPEAA will be privy to policy and legislative updates as they become known to OPEI.
“We look forward to working more closely with OPEAA,” said Jean Hawes, senior vice president of finance and administration at OPEI. “There’s a lot of synergy between our goals, and a closer working relationship will strengthen efforts to coordinate industry efforts and create a united front on important legislative and regulatory issues.”
“Collectively, OPEAA will have a stronger voice and have better representation,” said OPEAA President Sue Chaney. “We look forward to receiving regulatory and legislative updates that allow us to not only be better informed, but also more proactive in getting our voices heard.”
OPEI’s management of OPEAA took effect March 1, 2010.